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Birthday Sugar Cookies are the softest homemade sugar cookies covered in fun sprinkles that taste like a perfect birthday cake!

Making these cookies from scratch is super easy. Unlike typical sugar cookies, these funfetti cookies don’t require you to chill and roll the dough which makes them a great anytime treat!

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Birthday cookies have a secret ingredient… did you know? Yep, they’re not just sugar cookies from scratch covered in sprinkles. Nope. I added a small amount of one of my most favorite flavors to give colorful little funfetti cookies and unique taste that set them apart from your basic sugar cookie. What is that secret ingredient, you’re wondering? Well, you’ll just have to make your way down to the recipe to find out. Hint: it is a certain extract that is not vanilla.

  • One cannot go wrong with my Faithful Chocolate Chip Cookies. They are chewy. They are soft. They are the best recipe I have ever used.
  • One of my favorite homemade cookie recipes are my Brown Sugar Pecan Cookies. I made them as a Christmas cookie, but they really can (and should) be an anytime cookie. They have a cake-like fluffy cookie, a sweet frosting, and are topped with a pecan half. Yum!
  • Chewy Molasses Sugar Cookies are always a favorite. To get the maximum chewiness out of them you have to pull them out of the oven at just the right moment and be sure to store them in an airtight container to keep them soft.
How to make cookies from scratch with sprinkles - Birthday Cookies

I have to admit, the cookies turned out pretty darn awesome. I already had the sprinkles in my pantry – something I highly recommend everyone keep on hand. This control-freak-in-the-kitchen kind of a mom even let her daughter make them because it was kind of a no fail recipe and there was no chilling of the dough or rolling out with a rolling pin required.

Tips on how to make cookies from scratch:

  • Cookies from scratch are far superior to store bought cookies or cookies made from cake mix and they are super easy to make
  • If your recipe calls for butter like this birthday cookie recipe does, make sure it is at room temperature and you cream the butter and sugar together as much as you can
  • Eggs should be at room temperature as well
  • Remember – don’t ever over mix
  • If you’re making funfetti cookies which are basically a form of sugar cookies with sprinkles, you must be careful not to over mix the dough with the sprinkles because the color will bleed
Birthday Cookies are sugar cookies from scratch with fun sprinkles. Funfetti cookies!

Recipe video below!

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Birthday Cake Sugar Cookies

Prep20 minutes
Cook11 minutes
Total31 minutes
Servings 30 cookies
Birthday Cookies are the softest homemade sugar cookies covered in fun sprinkles that taste like a perfect birthday cake!

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Ingredients 

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Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer using the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar together on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the egg yolks, vanilla extract, and almond extract and beat until well combined for about a minute, scraping sides as needed. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix into butter mixture until a dough forms. You may need to do the final mixing by hand as the dough will be thick.
  • Roll dough into teaspoon sized balls and then roll dough balls in the sprinkles. Cookies will spread thin as they cook so make sure they’re spread about 2 inches a part. Bake in preheated oven for 9-11 minutes and remove when set but not yet turning brown.
  • Allow cookies to remain on hot baking sheet for a couple of minutes and then transfer to wire cooling rack. Store in airtight container.

Notes

* For the photos, I used ultra fine sugar and cake flour. For the video, I used regular granulated sugar and all purpose flour. Both worked and tasted great, but the photo batch turned out flatter. I was also using a different oven though. Bottom line – either option works.

Nutrition

Calories: 85kcal, Carbohydrates: 12g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 21mg, Sodium: 20mg, Potassium: 14mg, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 110IU, Calcium: 6mg, Iron: 0.3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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40 Comments

  1. Can you make these ahead of time and freeze the dough? Or would the finished product freeze well? Thanks!

    1. I think you could go either way, but I would probably bake them, let them fully cool, and then freeze.

  2. what is 8 tablespoons in grams? i’m assuming about 160g? i was a bit lazy and just added the butter i had on hand (was about 180g) so my dough was quite buttery. i added more flour until it was more like cookie dough. they’re pretty tasty!!!

    1. Hi Eva, 8 Tablespoons or 1 stick or 1/2 cup butter is equal to 4 ounces, or 113 grams. Glad they worked out anyway! -Krissy

    2. 4 stars
      I thought these were very good and easy to make. I prefer it with half the amount of almond extract, but that’s just me!

  3. Hi, just wondering if i would be able to use normal beaters with the hand mixer as i don’t have the paddle attachment? Thankyou in advance, Vivien 😊

    1. Absolutely! I always just recommend the stand mixer because I find it easier to use, but you’ll get the same results with a hand mixer. Enjoy!

      1. Hi
        Im looking at making this for my daughters upcoming birthday but she can not eat dairy do you think it would work with a dairy free spread (sunflower spread) instead of butter?
        Thank you
        Hayley

  4. 5 stars
    I did not change a thing and these came out perfect. The were soft and chewy, and just the perfect amount of sweet. Dough was easy to work with. The only issue I had was I made the balls a little too big at first and they burned on the bottom before they cooked through. I just made the next pan samller and they came out perfect. I will definitely use this again. Maybe even in place of cut outs for the holidays.

    1. I noticed the comments about the dough being dry: I would suggest substituting brown sugar for at least half the granulated sugar. It will add moistness without altering the flavor.

  5. Hi Emily, Are you sure you used unsalted butter? If not, then I would say additional salt would make it too salty. I thought 1/4 tsp was perfect for this recipe, however salt is always a matter of taste and the recipe will work just as well with less or even no salt. I hope you give it another shot. Also, I like to use kosher salt. Where you grinding it? If yes, then the fine powder will measure differently. Krissy

  6. I too found the dough way too dry. The dough had a hard time sticking together and the sprinkles didn’t stick at all. Put in oven and they didn’t spread. Not one bit. Sounds like this one needs tweaking a bit.

    1. Hi Meg, I’m so sorry it didn’t work out for you. I’ve made these a few times and that hasn’t happened to me. I’m wondering if it has to do with the size of my egg yolks? The yolks are pretty huge in my eggs.

  7. 4 stars
    Love this recipe, thank you for sharing ❤️
    Gf version… use coconut flour instead of regular flour… amazing 🤤
    I added 3tbsp milk & 1/3 cup of mini garidelli chocolate chips 😎

  8. I love these cookies! Delicious. Although they were not cooking all the way through so I just pushed them down a little with a fork. And after that everything was great! I love these cookies and I definitely recommend them!

  9. These look fun. Thanks for sharing! My grandson’s birthday is coming up, and I just celebrated mine. These will be nice to share with him. Since I’m allergic to tree nuts, I’ll have to use vanilla though. Maybe I’ll experiment with some other flavor. I have to make those pesky high altitude adjustments too.